Racists and nativists have gained control of the power of the GOP, a conservative Washington Post columnist said on the weekend.
"The oblique country that is truly racist, really a nativist, has now taken a disproportionate role in the Republican party, and the rest of them are afraid to say anything about it. They think there is some segment of Republican Party that will give up if they actually do something to Steve King, Jennifer Rubin said while talking to MSNBC's Joy Reid. "They could have said something earlier, and right now they have another problem, which is okay, you said these horrible things, what are you prepared to do about it? Are you ready to kick him out of the caucus? Are you ready to take his seats back in the committees? Are you ready to censor him? "
Rubin's comments come as the Republican party is trying to tamp down the furor after the Iowa Congressman questioned what was wrong with white supremacy."
"White nationalist, white supremacist, Western civilization – how did this language become offensive?" King was quoted and asked in a New York Times piece published on Thursday.
The comments led to a quick backlash. King addressed the comments on Friday and said that he rejects "these marks and the evil ideology they define."
Tim Scott, the only black Republican senator, condemned the remarks the following day Times article published.
"Some in our party wonder why the Republicans are constantly accused of racism – it is because of our silence when such things are said. Immigration is the perfect example where our love for the rule of law coincides with a perceived racism against brown and black people, "he wrote in a Washington Post paragraph.
Other Republicans have also condemned the king's statements.
Talking about Face the Nation Sunday, Kevin McCarthy, memorial commander, said he would meet with King Monday according to to The Hill.
"Actions will be taken," he said. "I will not stand as a leader of this celebration, believe in this nation, that everyone is created just that stands and continues to stand and has no role with us."
Senator Ted Cruz also criticized the remarks on Sunday. "What Steve King said was stupid. It was stupid, it was bad, it was wrong. And he must stop it," he said as he talked about Meet the Press.
When Cruz was asked if he would support King in the future, the Senator did not give a direct answer.
Pundits noted that King has a history of racist remarks and criticized GOP for not condemning King in the past. The congressman has previously referred to immigrants as dirt, joined a white nationalist who runs to the Canada office, and met in Austria with a far right party who has historical links with Nazis.
"This is the same Steve King, Ted Cruz & others sucked up. Much alike. He has made racist, confused, split, inaccurate statements for years while too many Republicans – with some notable exceptions – looked at the other road and went hunting, "wrote CNN contributor Ana Navarro who sent a picture of King and Cruz hunting.